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Oregon Tech 2020: Strategic Action Plan

Oregon Tech’s 2020 Strategic Action Plan was created in 2015. It documents goals, objectives and actions, built collectively by university stakeholders, and serves as a 5-year roadmap to guide our trajectory of student, university and community success. It builds upon previous goals and actions taken by the university, and moves the campus forward to address the changes in and challenges of higher education in the state, region and nation.


Strategic Plan Purpose

  • Growing and transforming to meet the needs of the State of Oregon, as its demographics and industry needs change and intersect over time.
  • Focusing on and expanding access for Oregon students – particularly those who face significant barriers – to meet our 40-40-20 obligation and ensure that Oregonians are not left behind; and successfully advocating for the financial resources to ensure students can be supported to stay in college and earn a degree.
  • Operating with diversified financial resources that respond appropriately to permanent and temporary shifts in funding sources, while maintaining student affordability and ensuring fiscal stability.
  • Creating new and delivering existing applied-degree programs that are affordable, responsive to industry and student demand, and meet graduate success targets; and reducing or eliminating programs that do not meet these requirements.
  • Building and maintaining state-of-the-art labs and classrooms to ensure that our graduates are learning in the same environments and on the same sophisticated equipment that they will encounter in high-tech and healthcare workplaces.
  • Advancing the diversity of our faculty ranks through success tracks that continue the focus on teaching, and also add an option for a “scholarship” track inclusive of applied research with a student engagement component.
  • Advancing the diversity of Oregon Tech staff and faculty through innovative hiring practices, professional development and the overall inclusive university environment.
  • Offering a safe campus environment for our students, faculty and staff, and an open and welcoming environment for our community neighbors that reflects our philosophy of engagement, equity, passion for intellectual pursuits, and public service.
  • Leveraging all the assets of Oregon Tech: A rural residential campus in Klamath Falls (Oregon Tech Klamath Falls), a non-residential urban campus in Wilsonville (Oregon Tech Wilsonville), an online campus (Oregon Tech Online), and extension operations (Oregon Tech Extension).
  • Successfully launching Oregon Tech’s new Board of Trustees and initiating a new governance structure for Oregon Tech that accelerates our ability to meet our mission-related goals and objectives.

Core Themes

  • Applied Degree Programs
  • Student and Graduate Success
  • Statewide Educational Opportunities
  • Public Service

Strategic Goals

Each strategic goal summarized below is supported by its own rationale, objectives and approaches in the next section.

  1. Student Success

    Deliver applied, hands-on educational experiences that provide students with the technical, critical-thinking, and communication skills needed to succeed in and contribute to their chosen fields.

  2. Faculty and Staff Success

    Attract and retain first-rate faculty and staff who are passionate about teaching and the student-focused educational mission of the university to graduate globally competitive professionals, as well as engage in industry outreach, scholarship and service to the university.

  3. Economic and Workforce Connections

    Contribute in significant ways to Oregon’s competitive strength, global-market advantage, and diverse industries by preparing new generations of engineering, technology, allied-health, management and applied arts and sciences professionals through Oregon Tech’s applied degree programs.

  4. Student Access and Diversity

    Improve student educational access, the university environment and employment opportunities for diverse and historically underserved populations in Oregon, in order to ensure equity in our provision and delivery of education, and to lead and serve as a community example and resource for an inclusive, diverse campus environment in all respects.

  5. University Financial Success

    Manage university fiscal, capital and physical resources to sustain and enhance financial viability, and allow Oregon Tech to invest in new opportunities that serve our students and mission, prepare us for unanticipated events, and maintain and improve the quality of our programs, human resources, and public mission.